King or Priest?
He’s called the king of the castle, lord of the manor, and even his favorite recliner is referred to as the “throne.” Dads love to be king! But, too many Dads fail to live up to their true calling in the family…the role of the Priest.
Through all my years of teaching many parenting classes, I have seen a troubling trend. There seems to be more and more fathers who have checked out of their responsibility as priest to their family. The father’s role is one of incredible importance. In fact, biblically speaking, the word family comes from the root word meaning father. The Greek word for family is “patria” and is derived from the root word “pater.” This is where we get the word paternal or paternity.
A priest represents his family to God. He is the intercessor. He sacrifices. He leads by example. He prays for his family and considers their well-being before his own. He encourages them. He gives the first fruits of his time, talents and resources to God and in turn, God blesses the remaining portions to share with his family.
Men, I want to challenge you to step up to your role as the priest or spiritual leader of your family.
- Pray for your family.
- Let them see you in prayer and quiet time.
- Lead family devotionals.
- Lead them in prayer.
- Lead them to church.
- Teach your family to serve.
Too often fathers vacate the role of priest and by default the mothers take over. This is not God’s order or pattern. Just as fathers cannot take the place of mothers, mothers cannot take the place of fathers. Fathers are to be the priests in the home.
Being the spiritual leader of your family builds trust and trust is the foundation of the relationship you will build with your children. If they can’t trust you, it is impossible to have a close relationship with your children.
Men, you cannot be the crowned king until you’ve served as the priest. By assuming the role of priest, your family will be blessed. God will honor your commitment and sacrifice and your children will grow up with a trust in their earthly father that leads them to a trust in their heavenly father.